Understandably, the superhero news cycle for the last few weeks has been consumed with the (very soon) forthcoming Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, with the DC hero versus hero beatdown’s dominance over coverage only being broken briefly by the debut of the new Spider-Man (Tom Holland). But lest we forget, 2016 will also feature another story of good-guy infighting in the form of Captain America: Civil War, which will feature a staggering 12 (and counting?) heroes taking part in the extended brawling.
The film, which is due for Marvel’s traditional early May release slot, is currently in the post-production/editing phase of development. Civil War directors Anthony and Joe Russo have now shared a new behind-the-scenes look at the process of sound-mixing a never before seen segment for the Captain America film.
In a new video posted to the duo’s Facebook page (see above), Joe and Athony Russo introduce some of their co-conspirators on Captain America: Civil War before making special note of the fact that they’re doing their sound-mixing in the same studio where Disney’s animated megahit Frozen was mixed. Meanwhile, a scene that has only been glimpsed in Civil War‘s various trailers and TV spots plays in the background – offering new insight into how the Marvel Cinematic Universe-rocking events of Civil War will play out in the finished film.
The Civil War scene in question, several slices of which have been glimpsed in earlier looks, depicts a roundtable of Captain America, Black Widow, Scarlet Witch, War Machine, Falcon and at least one more individual being briefed by William Hurt’s General “Thunderbolt” Ross on the provisions of the Sokovia Accords (aka the film’s version of the Superhero Registration Act from the Civil War comic book story). The gist of the scene has been likely been gleaned by audiences who’ve seen the film’s extremely popular trailers, but this clip allows fans to hear some of Ross’s extended speech and glean new information: For example, he confirms that The Accords are a global policy set up by the United Nations – a significant change from the comics, where the Registration Act was a policy of the U.S. Government enforced by S.H.I.E.L.D., allowing heroes like The Thing to (temporarily) escape participation by moving to France.
Beyond this, much remains unknown about what actually causes the titular conflict in the Civil War movie. In the Marvel comics, the Registration Act was an existing (though unpopular) piece of proposed legislation that became supercharged with public support when a group of young heroes being followed for a reality television series participated in a battle with a villain that inadvertently led to the destruction (by explosion) of a Connecticut elementary school – killing hundreds. In the immediate aftermath, the Act was passed and the superhero community sharply divided over whether to support or oppose government control of their powers and identities; Iron Man lead the pro-Registration side with Spider-Man as a high-profile ally and Captain America became the leader of Anti-Registration rebels. The Pro-Registration side ultimately won, but at a heavy cost – and the act would be dismantled years later, after the exposure of internal corruption in the post-war institutional structure.
In the Civil War film, The Accords appear to have been named for the small European country that was largely destroyed during the climax of Avengers: Age of Ultron, but the event that seemingly wills their passage into being looks to be a bombing at a U.N. building that may be blamed on Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan). While the Civil War trailers have thus far presented Iron Man’s decision to side against his fellow Avengers and support placing superheroes under government sanction as a natural continuation of his concerns about security and use of powers (seen in Iron Man 3 and Age of Ultron), many fans have speculated that Tony Stark may also be motivated by more personal matters – concerning the past activities of Winter Soldier, while he operated as a brainwashed HYDRA agent.
Captain America: Civil War will release on May 6, 2016, followed by Doctor Strange – November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man – July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp– July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel – March 8, 2019; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 – May 3, 2019; Inhumans– July 12, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on May 1, July 10 and November 6, 2020.
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